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Loaded Salad

“It is increasingly obvious that environmentally sustainable solutions to world hunger can only emerge as people eat more plant foods and fewer animal products. To me it is deeply moving that the same food choices that give us the best chance to eliminate world hunger are also those that take the least toll on the environment, contribute the most to our long-term health, are the safest, and are also, far and away, the most compassionate towards our fellow creatures.” -John Robbins (Author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution)

This salad & salad dressing are scrumdiddilyumptious!!

Salad

  • 2 cup red romaine
  • 2 cup green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 carrot, shaved
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 3-4 pieces of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup feta (exclude for vegan)
  • 1 hard boiled egg (exclude for vegan)

Toss the ingredients together.

Salad Dressing

  • 3 parts EVOO
  • 2 parts red wine vinegar
  • dried basil, sprinkle in generously
  • dried rosemary, sprinkle in generously
  • salt & pepper to taste

Whisk ingredients together.  It is a good practice to make your own salad dressings whenever possible because you don’t need to consume preservatives, additives, and ‘natural flavors’ that are terrible for your health!  It blows my mind that salad dressings often have in excess of 10-15 ingredients when you can make your own for a fraction of that.

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Vegetarian Pizzas

Deep inside, everyone’s a vegetarian.  I just eat a few less animals than most.  Once you come to terms why you don’t eat dogs, cats, monkeys, and dolphins, you’ll begin to understand why I don’t eat cows, pigs, chickens, and lambs.” -Edward Sanchez

I’ve found making pizzas as a quick meal that also includes some leftovers.  The toppings are limitless and I usually just choose random vegetables I have purchased for other meals.  Before becoming a vegetarian meat was my go-to topping on pizzas.  I’ve found with trying different vegetables on my pizzas they are full of flavor and more satisfying than my former “meat lover” preferences.

For pizza crusts I advise AGAINST Kroger brand, it tasted like cardboard.  Mama Mary’s brand (I’ve bought at Walmart) is made with whole wheat and is a thin and crispy style crust.  I spread olive oil on the bottom of the crust to make it crispy.  Before I spread the pizza sauce I like to spread minced garlic and pesto on the crust to add flavor. For pizza sauces I tend to prefer a white sauce such as alfredo or ranch dressing.  Sometimes I mix half white sauce and half spaghetti sauce.  For cheese I usually buy some pre-mixed mozzarella, Asiago, provolone, and romano cheeses.  I also like to sprinkle feta after I have put the other toppings on the pizza.  If you broil the oven it browns the cheese on top too.

My favorite pizza toppings:

  • spinach 
  • zucchini
  • banana peppers
  • tomato slices or halves of cherry tomatoes
  • onion slices
  • marinated artichoke hearts
  • mushrooms
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • kale
  • pesto
  • chili pepper flakes
  • garlic cloves

These are some pictures from my two most recent pizzas.

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Vegetarian Pizza Ingredients

Veggie Lovers Pizza

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